12 Must-Download Apps That Will Calm Your Anxiety
We love that mental health is making a comeback — especially when it means that people are finally starting to talk about anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety affects just over 18 percent of American adults, making it the most common mental illness in the country. Unfortunately, as much as we’d love to use coloring books for stress or practice stress relieving yoga poses, anxiety doesn’t always have our feelings in mind and often hits when we’re not safe and cozy at home. For anyone dealing with anxiety on-the-go, we’ve got 12 apps that will help you find a little more zen throughout your busy day.
1. Calm: Simple and easy-to-use, this meditation app is the perfect remedy for a sudden anxiety spell. With over 25 calming sounds — like rain on leaves and a crackling fireplace — it’s just the soothing background noise you need to get through the workday. Plus, it comes with a ton of free meditation programs to really set your mind at ease.
2. Colorfy: It’s no secret that coloring books have made a huge pop culture splash as the new, trendy anti-stress miracle cure. But who really has the space or willpower to lug around a full pack of pencil crayons and a chunky coloring book with them? That’s where Colorfy comes in. With dozens of free coloring pages, it’s a convenient way to make use of this popular mindful activity for stress relief on-the-move.
3. Essence — Breathing Relaxation: When you’re having an anxiety attack, it can be extremely difficult to keep your breathing in check. Luckily, this minimalist app makes it easier to breathe deeply with the proven 4-7-8 method.
4. White Noise Ambience Lite: Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid chaos, whether that’s a crowded 8am bus or a hectic day at the office. This free white noise app is great for tuning it all out and comes with tons of different sounds to soothe your anxious mind.
5. Pacifica: Whatever you need to calm your anxiety, this app has it. From tracking your mood to setting daily goals and chatting with other users who understand the struggle, it’s an all-in-one stop for online anxiety relief.
6. Headspace: If you want to learn about meditation but are a little put off by the complex YouTube videos and professional lessons, this is the app for you. Just ten minutes a day lets you understand the basics and develop your fundamental skills one step at a time. Plus, their one-time meditations are conveniently targeted for mini meltdowns and mindfulness on-the-go.
7. Personal Zen: Although this app might seem like another data-wasting game at first glance, it’s actually a clinically proven way to reduce anxiety. Developed by a professor of psychology and neuroscience, the game is instantly engaging and reduces anxiety within minutes. Trust us.
8. Seven-Minute Workout: Working out is a great way to cut stress, but most people just can’t spare an hour every time they feel anxious. Using nothing more than a chair, a wall and your own body weight, this series of seven-minute workouts (yes, you read that right) can be tailored to whatever helps you relieve the most stress — talk about a productive lunch break.
9. Happify: Short quizzes, games and activities make this app ideal for anyone trying to ditch the crying face emoji for a toothy grin. More of a long-term program, this app has been scoring some amazing feedback on the App Store, with most people saying that they feel significantly happier in just two months after using the app.
10. Diaro: Writing down your feelings when anxiety strikes can be a great way to target your triggers and learn how to be more mindful of them looking back. But getting lost in a mishmash of random notes is a pain in the butt, and bringing a physical journal everywhere we go just seems a little too impractical. This virtual diary is the perfect middle ground — it even sports a security code to make sure that all your entries are private and secure.
11. Muse: Okay, this wearable might look a tad bit dorky, but its benefits are totally worth the extra headgear. By putting on the headband tech and syncing to the app, this wearable measures your brain activity and gives you feedback on your meditation in real time. Just like other wearables, you can set goals for yourself and track your progress all on the free app — just be warned, the Muse Band itself will cost you a pretty penny to own at $249.
12. The Mindfulness App: This isn’t just another mediation app — it’s the meditation app. With meditations that range from silent studies to instructions from the world’s most influential teachers, it’s definitely worth the two bucks for anxiety relief on the go.
Do you have a favorite app to reduce anxiety? Tweet us your suggestions by mentioning @BritandCo.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)